Disk with air operations data stolen from Air Headquarters

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  1. Neil

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    An external computer disk containing information on air operations in the country has gone missing from the operations wing of Air Headquarters here. Air Force officials told The Hindu on Friday that the IAF was conducting a Court of Inquiry but insisted the information on the disk was not particularly sensitive.

    Attaching utmost priority to the case, the officials said suitable action would be taken against the custodian from whose office the device went missing some 10 days ago. Prima facie, the officials said, it appears to be a case of “commercial theft” and that the information stored on the portable disk contains data about service transport that the IAF operates.

    IAF HQ has strict access control, and personnel working in Vayu Bhavan have to go through biometric devices like iris scanners.

    Visitors are screened strictly and allowed to enter the building with escort according to well-laid down procedures.

    Nonetheless, the theft has put the entire system on alert since the armed forces and the Defence Ministry do not allow sensitive information to be stored on computers connected to the Internet. The practice was instituted some years ago after there were reports that computers containing sensitive data were hacked, with a case emanating from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands tri-service command.

    Two years ago, following the hacking report, organisations under the MoD are supposed to have worked out a ‘crisis management plan’ for a measured response in case of any untoward incident.

    The Defence Information Assurance and Research Agency, a nodal body mandated to deal with all Tri-Services and the MoD cyber security related issues, works in close coordination with national agencies like the Computer Emergency Response Team – India (Cert-In) and the National Training Research organisation (NTRO). Services HQs have an information security policy and their networks are audited as per guidelines, the Ministry said then.



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  3. spikey360

    spikey360 Crusader Senior Member

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    What? Are you telling me that the AF were stupid enough to put some data on a removable disc and that too in unencrypted form? In that case, they deserve to be stolen from.
     
  4. Koovie

    Koovie Regular Member

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    Failed attempt to steal infos about the Chakra, secret MMRCA documents on lying on a street and now this. Our security is really fukced up :mad: :mad:
     
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  5. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    This stuff happens everywhere all the time. You don't want to be a Security Manager; you will grow old before your time. :-(
     
  6. Neil

    Neil Senior Member Senior Member

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    at least i have never heard of any US air ops or any secret document being stealed from US....
     
  7. SPIEZ

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    No need to be alarmed. I assure that data will be of no use.
     
  8. Bhadra

    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    Data is Data and users have uses for all kinds of data even if garbage
     
  9. utubekhiladi

    utubekhiladi The Preacher Elite Member

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    just last day, they stole documents related to INS chakra.
     
  10. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    This sounds very odd, what type of air-operation data ?
     
  11. Koovie

    Koovie Regular Member

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    i thought they tried but failed?!
     
  12. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    well as usual gov in sleep mode
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Usually a breach is not announced other that to respond to a news report. At the facility where I worked classified documents were found in the parking lot at least once.:-(
     
  14. aerokan

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    How come u forgot to ask the chinese? :lol:
     
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